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Database Insider - December 2012 Issue Available Now
Feature Articles, Webcasts, Podcasts, Videos -- A Rich Resource for DB Users

Both an overview of and a link to Database Insider -- December 2012 Issue are provided in a post by Javier Puerta, who draws attention to such featured articles as "Big Data: From Acquisition to Analysis"; "Total Cost of Ownership Comparison: Oracle Exadata vs. IBM P-Series"; a webinar on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3; and "Maximum Availability with Oracle GoldenGate." The issue also includes webcasts and podcasts, a featured video, "customer buzz," Oracle Exadata Spotlight, Mobile Resource, and how to find an Oracle Partner.

Oracle's Big Data Page Offers Users Guidance, Insight
Learn Just How Inclusive the Expression 'Big Data' Can Be
Oracle has established the web page Oracle and Big Data: Big Data for the Enterprise. Oracle demonstrates how big data analysis can include not just transactional data but such elements as weblogs, social media, email, sensors -- even photographs. Among the resources available on the Oracle Big Data page are the following:

  • Webcast: Drill Down on Disaster Recovery
  • Oracle Information Architecture: An Architect's Guide to Big Data (PDF)
  • White Paper: Big Data Strategy Guide (PDF)
  • Analyst White Paper: IDC, Oracle's All-Out Assault on the Big Data Market(PDF)
  • White Paper: Oracle: Big Data for the Enterprise (PDF)
A Primer on ZFS Transaction Groups
Adam Leventhal Explains how ZFS Batches Data
ZFS transaction groups are groups of transactions (txg) that act on persistent state, Adam Leventhal posts in his explanation of how ZFS batches data. There are three active transaction group states: open, quiescing, or syncing. There may be up to three active txgs, and there is always a txg in the open state. In broad strokes, transactions — operations that change in-memory structures — are accepted into the txg in the open state, and are completed while the txg is in the open or quiescing states. The accumulated changes are written to disk in the syncing state.
DTrace for Oracle Linux Brings Powerful New Tool to Customers
Users Can Download from the Unbreakable Linux Network

Initially developed for the Oracle Solaris operating system, DTrace for Oracle Linux is now available to Oracle Linux customers who can download it from the Unbreakable Linux Network, Zeynep Koch reports. DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework designed to give operational insights that allow users to tune and troubleshoot the operating system. Among the benefits to users of DTrace for Oracle Linux that Koch cites are its ability to find performance bottlenecks; its dynamically enabled, multiple-probe-point kernel; and its ability to enable maximum resource utilization and application performance.

Top 5 Developer-Enabling Nuggets in MySQL 5.6
Blog Post Cites Five Features Worthy of Mention

There are five so-called developer-friendly nuggets to be found in the forthcoming MySQL 5.6 which Rob Young reviews in a recent post. The buzz on MySQL 5.6 has principally concerned its mass appeal, advanced topics like performance/scale, high availability, and self-healing replication clusters, but Young feels that the five features he blogs about deserve attention as well. They are:

  • Subquery Optimizations
  • Online DDL Operations
  • Key-value access to InnoDB via Memcached API
  • New Instrumentation in Performance Schema
  • Better Condition Handling

Young discusses each in brief.

Importing Data from a MySQL Database to Excel using MySQL for Excel
An Easy-to-use How-to Guide
There are several standard methods for importing data from a MySQL database to an Excel spreadsheet, Javier Treviño observes but all of them involve some degree of technical knowledge and require the repetition of several steps each time data needs to be imported from a MySQL table to an Excel spreadsheet. He proposes a method that employs MySQL for Excel as an easier alternative. MySQL for Excel, he notes, features an Import MySQL Data action that allows users to import data from a MySQL Table, View or use Stored Procedures literally with a few clicks within Excel.
MySQL Resource Kit Explains the Pre-eminent Cloud Database
Register for Access to White Papers, Webinars, Case Studies
The market for tools to exploit new cloud options grows daily. Bertrand Matthelie recommends MySQL as the ideal database choice for the cloud. He provides a link to the MySQL Resource Kit, where users can register for access to white papers, webinars, case studies and other resources. The link also explains how ISVs rely on MySQL to power their SaaS offerings and offers best practices to deploy the world’s most popular open source database in public and private clouds. Information is included as well on how to leverage MySQL, together with Hadoop and other technologies, to unlock the value of Big Data.
Cloud Computing
New Kid in the Cloud: Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service
Enhances Customer Experience, Loyalty; Reduces TCO
There's a new cloud service in town: Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service with Oracle Engagement Engine Cloud Service. This new release integrates Oracle RightNow Chat Cloud Service with Oracle Engagement Engine Cloud Service to deliver key capabilities designed to help organizations improve customer experiences that will increase customer acquisition and retention, while reducing TCO. Oracle has made significant investments in Oracle RightNow Chat Cloud Service throughout 2012, adding rules-based engagement to existing capabilities such as co-browse, mobile chat, and cross-channel knowledge integration with the contact center, all delivered via the cloud, differentiating Oracle RightNow Chat Cloud Service as the industry-leading chat solution.
Oracle Exadata Gives PayPal 10X Improvement in Processing Speed
60-Day Implementation from Pilot to Operational Status
In a brief webcast Nat Natarajan, PayPal VP Technology Operations, explains how Oracle Exadata enables PayPal to employ Petabyte (PB) scale OLTP operations. He says deployment on Exadata offered 10X improvement in processing speed, 100% availability, and zero downtime during deployment. Implementation was accomplished withing 60 days, he said, from the creation of a pilot to complete use of Exadata in PayPal's business decision making operations.
Partner Webcast  Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine
Register Now for 20 Dec 2012 Live eSeminar on Next-Generation Technologies Update
Log in on Thursday, December 20th at 10:00 a.m. CET (9:00 a.m. GMT) for a free, online live eSeminar devoted to Oracle Exadata X3. Topics covered will include the evolution of Oracle Exadata and the Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine (hardware and software update); review of the unique next-generation technologies underlying Exadata; how to get onboard with Oracle Exadata; and Q&A. Registration is required. Oracle cautions that registrations received less than 24 hours prior to start may not be sufficiently timely to enable receipt of confirmation to attend.
Replication and Cloning Software Licenses No Longer Mandatory with Sun ZFS Backup Appliance.
Still Available as Options on New Sun ZFS Backup Appliance Quotes

As of December 4, 2012, important product software changes took effect for the Sun ZFS Backup Appliance. It is now the case that replication and cloning software licenses are no longer mandatory purchases with Sun ZFS Backup Appliance, though both license types are still available as optional additions on new Sun ZFS Backup Appliance quotes or as additions to existing systems.

Sun Tape
StorageTek LTO 6 Tape Drives Now Available in StorageTek SL3000 and SL8500 Tape Libraries
Offer Higher Capacity, Better Performance, Investment Protection
StorageTek LTO 6 tape drives are now available in the StorageTek SL3000 and SL8500 modular tape libraries. This addition enables the following enhancements:

  • Higher Capacity: StorageTek LTO 6 drives have the ability to write 2.5 TB of native data to one LTO 6 cartridge, a 66% improvement over StorageTek LTO 5

  • Better Performance: StorageTek LTO 6 drive performance is 160 MB/sec (uncompressed), 14% faster than LTO 5

  • Investment Protection - StorageTek LTO 6 drives are backward read and write compatible to earlier generations for existing LTO customers
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 178; Vol 177 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 176 Issues 3, 4 and 5
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

  • Oracle Special Edition eBooks - Cloud Architecture & Enterprise Cloud
  • OS-Level Virtualization with Oracle Solaris Zones and Linux Containers
  • Now Developers Can Use Java for Both iOS and Android Devices
  • Triumph and disaster: Two migrations to OpenOffice
  • MySQL and Hadoop: Guide to Big Data Integration
  • Three MySQL December Webinars
  • Second Generation Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Released
  • Oracle, LexisNexis Combine to Provide Powerful Defense Against Fraud and Identity Abuse
  • Understanding Oracle Strategy, the Oracle Cloud and Oracle Engineered Systems
  • Java Spotlight Episode 111: Bruno Souza and Fabiane Nardon on StoryTroop

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    LibreOffice 3.6.4 for Windows, MacOS and Linux
    Improving the overall quality and stability
    The Document Foundation (TDF) has released LibreOffice 3.6.4, for Windows, MacOS and Linux. This release is another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability for any kind of deployment, on personal desktops or inside organizations and companies of any size.

    LibreOffice 3.6.4 arrives a couple of weeks after the successful LiMux HackFest, where more than 30 developers have gathered to hack LibreOffice code and work on features and patches. One result is this video by Peter Baumgarten and Christian Lohmeier, showing how easy it is to build LibreOffice on your own to get involved in the project.

    Oracle Releases Amazon Web Services (AWS) Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager
    Enables Monitoring of Non-Critical Resources Deployed to AWS
    Oracle recently introduced the Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-in for Amazon Web Services (AWS), which enables the monitoring of non-critical resources deployed to AWS. Sunil Kunisetty and Daniel Chan present an overview of this tool, explaining that the on-premise Oracle Enterprise Manager (EM12c) acts as a single tool to get a comprehensive view of all public AWS resources as well as private cloud resources. Users of this Plug-in can leverage such rich Enterprise Manager features as system promotion, incident generation based on thresholds, integration with 3rd party ticketing applications. AWS Monitoring via this Plug-in is enabled via Amazon CloudWatch API.
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 112: Joonas Lehtinen on @Vaadin
    Open Source Framework for Building Business-oriented Rich Internet Applications
    On Episode 112 of the Java Spotlight Host Roger Brinkley interviews Joonas Lehtinen, one of the developers of Vaadin, a Java-based open source framework for building business-oriented Rich Internet Applications. He has been developing applications for the web since 1995 with a strong focus on Ajax and Java. He is also the founder and CEO of the company behind the Vaadin framework.
    Documentation Changes Accompany Release of JavaFX 2.2.4
    New Releases, Updates and Revisions
    There have been revisions and additions to the documentation for JavaFX 2.2.4 and JDK 7u10, which were recently released to GA. The changes include:

    • A new document, Using the Image Ops API, describes how to read and write raw pixel data to and from JavaFX images.
    • The Handling JavaFX Events document has been updated with more information on touch events, along with changes to The Working with Touch Events chapter and Touch Events sample
    • The Implementing Best Practices document has been updated
    • The Troubleshooting section of Deploying JavaFX Applications now includes a section about disabling the automatic proxy configuration.
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